The Leadership in Community Resilience program will provide support for Annapolis to finalize its Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Plan and evaluate it against a pending downtown economic analysis. Many coastal cities are grappling with the preservation of historic waterfront property and cultural landmarks against the threats posed by climate change and sea-level rise.
The Annapolis plan is a first-of-its kind effort to create a mitigation strategy for these resources utilizing an intensive public participation process. The NLC assistance will be used to support and build upon the public process, while helping to ensure that the plan meets various FEMA criteria. Additionally, the project will support Annapolis as it hosts the second "Keeping History Above Water" conference, planned for November 2017, which will mark the completion of the mitigation plan and involve participation from cities up and down the Atlantic coast.
Threats and Hazards
State of Maryland natural hazards include hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and severe winter storms. Social hazards include low median income and concentrated poverty in neighborhoods with greater flood risk. According to the National Climate Assessment, sea level increased 1.2 feet over 100 years (1901-2012). "Sea level rise of two feet, without any changes in storms, would more than triple the frequency of dangerous coastal flooding throughout most of the Northeast."